Senate approves overhaul of Supreme Court districts

The Oklahoma Senate easily approved legislation Wednesday to overhaul the boundaries used to select state Supreme Court justices, as supporters argued that the changes would expand the pool of qualified candidates.

Under the legislation, approved 34-13, one justice would be appointed from each of the five congressional districts and four would be appointed statewide. The bill would go into effect in July 2020, meaning the two current vacancies wouldn’t be affected.

The bill also calls for the congressional districts to be used for selecting the five judges on the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals.

The House approved the bill last month. Gov. Kevin Stitt has expressed support for the changes.

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